I know what you're thinking. Another update? I thought she was done! What? Is she crazy? And the answer is yes and yes. I thought I was done, too, but alas my brain works in mysterious ways, and once I get an idea in my head, it's really hard to get it out. Just ask Monica. And my hubs. (Thankfully, Monica understands completely because she is the exact same way.) Anyway, I kept looking at the new opening we made from our kitchen to the dining room, and I liked it. Really I did. But it just seemed like it was missing something, or that the opening was too vast and non-descript. I wanted to add some architectural interest without taking away the openness or blocking the light. A few weeks ago, Monica and I were at our second home, Architectural Antiques looking for a Plan B headboard for our Superfab Room Redesign, and this baby jumped out at me. An old, beat up transom window. We both knew at that moment that it would be the perfect addition to my kitchen.
It was just a little too beat up- paint chips were literally dropping off in mass quanitites every time we touched it, so I sanded off the old paint. I liked the look of the natural wood with just a hint of the old paint still on it, so I went with that. Plus that means less work for me, which I'm always a big fan of.
After carefully measuring where we wanted it to go, Kevin pre-drilled some pilot holes in both the window and the ceiling. There's a beam that goes straight across the top of the opening, so we didn't have to worry about finding studs to drill into. We added eyehooks, and hung the window on S-hooks (is that the right name?)
I absolutely love the way it looks now. It fills the space so well, doesn't block the view and adds some much needed visual interest! The kitchen feels a lot more cozy and finished.
You're seeing a whole lot of unfinished and empty dining room, which just gives you a glimpse of what our next BIG project is. :) Can't wait to get started so that the first floor will be pretty much done!
I may just go ahead and paint the window white and then distress it a bit, but I still haven't decided. Thoughts?
I love that the old, original hardware is still attached.
It looks so much better! So glad my crazy idea actually worked out. :)
Are you guys impulsive decorators, or do you mull over your ideas for awhile before making a decision? Dish!